start your ecommerce business

Are You Ready to Start and Run Your Own E-commerce Business?

Your product is perfect.  It is sure to be leading the marketplace in no time.  People are going to wonder how they ever lived without it.  You’re ready to start selling it...right?  Surprisingly, it’s not just about the product to have a successful business.  Everything behind the scenes has to be perfect as well.  Before you can have your grand opening, there are several areas of your business you have to innovatively and critically think about.  We have worked with…
wireframe, mockup, and prototype_

What is the difference between a sketch, wireframe, mockup, and prototype?

Prior to the development work that brings your application idea to launch, all of the above terms represent a step that is beneficial or completely necessary in getting off the ground. When kicking off with design and development, these words are not interchangeable, though the differences can be hard to spot if you’re hearing them for the first time. A sketch, wireframe, mockup, and prototype are all unique ways to visually display the requirements of your application with varying levels…
Shopify_custom development

Shopify and custom development for your e-commerce business

“What is the best platform for my online store?” If you are a small business, you have made many decisions before you’ve gotten to this very question. At FarShore, we know that scouring the Internet for the pros and cons of various options can be a confusing process, but one that all businesses carry out as part of the research that is essential to success. In the past we have talked at length about platform options Magento and WooCommerce. As…
Working with offsite team

Truth vs. Myth: Working With An Offsite Team

Every project has challenges and often times the concept of working with an offsite technical team seems like it would amplify those issues. This is because there are several common misconceptions surrounding collaboration with a globally distributed team. In an effort to address and put to rest some of these concerns, I have gathered a list of typical myths surrounding this type of work. Let’s see if I can debunk them all! Myth: “I will never interact with the technical…
Prettyquick and Groupon

Partner Company PrettyQuick Acquired by Groupon

In case you missed it, Chicago deal behemoth Groupon has acquired FarShore partner PrettyQuick. PrettyQuick allows users to instantly book editor-vetted spas and salons while enjoying cashless payments and earning free beauty product rewards. PrettyQuick simplifies the way their users book beauty by enabling users to book editor-and-brand-reviewed spas and salons with cashless payments and an integrated rewards system. When River-North-based PrettyQuick came to FarShore in mid-2014, they had already achieved great success via a desktop-based booking application. With FarShore’s…
artifact uprising acquired

Farshore Partner Artifact Uprising Acquired by VSCO

Today, we are honored to announce the acquisition of Artifact Uprising, a Dashfire portfolio company, by VSCO.  There is no singular path for startup success, just a number of right paths; most of which are celebrated as successful in hindsight. The founders of AU, Jenna, Katie, and Matty, paved their own path. In fact, had they shared their roadmap with the startup community, it would have likely received the standard “just what the world does not need, another photo book company” commentary. But AU…